sounds like you need a heat gun to remove the paint
your dad's got a nice bowl going there, looks like bird's-eye maple
what're you going to do with the aluminum plate? not sure i follow your design now. i dont think an empty box with black metal front is going to work as well as the can method,nor would just screwing the plate flat to the door.
I think the black cans look pretty good
I've put a lot more money into this than I intended, so money-saving ideas are welcome. I'm at around $100 in right now with glazing left to buy.
in Seattle. we left the heat off all of last winter and about the coldest it got was 58 degrees,
wow, i'd of thought seattle gets way way colder than that???
how'd ya get up to $100?
rather than putting all that money/work into stripping the paint,maybe you could've had the solar box cover the entire face of the door? although that requires modifying the door-knob somehow ,hm.doable but little tricky.
well for glazing, try finding a window company/contractor.old sliding glass door would work great. people salvage them to build greenhouses with.